Founder of the Fast 5:2 diet, Dr Michael Mosley claimed three categories dieters should avoid if they want to lose weight.
Advice based on the principles of keto diet, is designed to put your body in “fat-burning” mode. The doctor insisted on ITV this morning that simply cutting calories is not always the best way to lose weight and that dieters should take note of the amount of sugar, starches and processed meats they eat.
As the Daily recording reports, Dr. Michael explained how avoiding sugar, starches, and processed meat can transform the body’s metabolism. He urged viewers to stop indulging in sugary drinks, cereals and even high sugar fruit smoothies.
He said: “Cut back on sugar, sugary treats, drinks and desserts. This includes most breakfast cereals, which are usually high in sugar, as well as most commercial smoothies.
But unlike other weight loss tips which focus on cutting fat from your diet, Dr Michael said people should avoid or minimize starchy carbs – citing white bread, pasta, apples dirt and white rice as the culprits for many people’s weight gain. Introducing legumes such as lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas into meals as “healthy and filling” alternatives, he added, is a good way to cut the cost of groceries while providing health benefits.
The weight loss expert added: “Switch to whole grains instead, including bulgur (cracked wheat), whole rye, whole grain barley, wild rice and buckwheat. Brown rice is fine. “
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Along with advising people to switch to whole grains, he also suggests people follow a Mediterranean-style diet. He told This Morning viewers in a segment last Monday: “That means more olive oil and nuts, plus lots of eggs, whole yoghurt, oily fish and vegetables. Be sure to stock up on protein and vegetables on your fasting days. Protein is very filling and you can eat lots of vegetables for very few calories.
Ultra-processed meats, as well as processed foods in general, should be avoided, according to its website, Fast800 as they are often “packed with sugar, fat and salt, as well as chemical flavorings and preservatives”.
The doctor’s site lists these foods as: “Chicken nuggets, burgers, fries, pizza, hot dogs, pre-packaged meals, mass-produced ice cream, candies, chips, energy bars, baked goods, cookies, margarine and little almost anything that says “instant” i.e. instant noodles, soups and desserts.”
Dr Michael added that these foods are designed to trigger the reward circuitry in our brains, “so once we start eating them, it’s really hard to stop.”
The health expert calls his Fast 5:2 diet a surefire way to slim down, he said: “Today we have more evidence than ever that 5:2 is one of the best ways to slim down and stay slim. – as well as reducing your risk of disease.
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